Waterloo Superintendent's Message

            Hello to All in the Waterloo Community!

            Welcome to Waterloo! We are excited to be in school each and every day! Make the most of the school year starting right now. We will be trying to pass a 1.5% income tax to support our great school district on March 17th. If you have not done so, please get registered to vote: we need your support.  As always, we invite you to check Progress Book to discover exactly how your child is doing in class. Call or e-mail: communicate with your child’s teachers. We want every student to do as well as possible every single day. Communication is the key to success.

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I am entering my fifth year as superintendent at Waterloo. Many times, I get the question: What exactly does a superintendent do?

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a school district is the school superintendent. The superintendent is essentially the face of the district. They are most responsible for the successes of a district and most assuredly responsible when there are failures. The role of a school superintendent is broad and sometimes the decisions made can also be especially difficult and taxing.

Much of what a superintendent does involves working directly with others.  School superintendents must be effective leaders who work well with other people and understand the value of building relationships.  A superintendent must be adept at establishing working relationships with many interest groups inside the school and within the community itself to maximize the school’s effectiveness. Building a strong rapport with the constituents in the district makes fulfilling the required roles of a school superintendent a little easier. Without question, I love this job for many reasons. Being a superintendent is very rewarding and I am lucky, and thankful, and humbled to be yours.

Enjoy the the school year!  Go Vikings!

Shawn Braman

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Communication is the key to your child’s success! Feel free to participate in any and all of the ways to discover the new and wonderful things that are happening throughout the district!